Attending open houses can be a great way to view properties and areas in which you are interested in leasing or buying. By attending an open house you get the obvious benefit of looking up, down, and around the place you might be living or working in. But no doubt you’ll be joined by other potential renters or buyers sizing up the place right alongside you. So how do you get the most out of a visit to an open house and brush off the pressure from all the competition?
First off, before you visit an open house make sure to set your priorities. What do you want in a space? A certain style of home or apartment, a certain size of office? Start to look for the specific things you need in the spaces you visit and train your eyes to search for those things automatically, just so you’re not overwhelmed.
Make sure to ask the agent who is showing the space questions about anything you might see. Don’t be shy about questions or concerns, it’s the agent’s job to make the place look good and be honest about the state of the space. A good impression can also help if you end up wanting to make an offer.
If you fancy taking photos so you can discuss the space later, be sure to ask permission before snapping any. Most of all, be respectful and courteous of the space—look, don’t touch! And don’t look at just one. Usually, if there’s one open house there are many more in the area. If you’re in the market, it’s always better to take a look at as many options as possible.